"The cooperation with T-Systems is professional, in a nutshell and pleasantly equal in an atmosphere of trust with an open exchange of ideas and always focused on achieving the project goal."
Dr. Jörg Oltrogge, Managing Director of Landesbetriebs Verkehr (LBV), Hamburg
Find, reserve, park and pay with ease using your smartphone!
Park and Joy sounds as if parking can be fun. And it can. After all, drivers will in the future be able to use the smartphone app to find and reserve the required parking space online. They can then park their vehicle there and also pay for the parking time with the app. While saving a lot of time for drivers, Park and Joy will have even more benefits for the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. It will become a tool for controlling traffic, with a focus on promoting the multimodal use of transport.
In 2021, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg will be hosting the ITS World Congress – the high-ranking international meeting place for intelligent transport systems. The fact that the city has been chosen for this event can be attributed to a wide range of measures, including the Park and Joy project for intelligent parking. There are already several thousand drivers in Hamburg who have downloaded and use the Park and Joy app. They can currently use it to park in public parking lots, set their parking time – also extend it – and then pay online in a convenient manner by credit card, direct debit or mobile account. Park and Joy will be further extended over the next few months. Intelligent sensors will be installed in multistory car parks, park-and-ride facilities and other public parking areas. The sensors can then report the status of a parking space in real time, thus making it possible to perform a targeted search, quickly find a suitable parking space and navigate to it.
Energy-efficient networking with Park and Joy
The basic technology used for digital parking with Park and Joy is the Narrow Band Internet of Things, or NB-IoT for short. NB-IoT sensors use very little energy and transmit radio signals with a high reach via the narrow band network, even from the highest and lowest points of any multistory car park or underground garage. The information received from the NB-IoT sensors is combined with further data regarding available parking spaces. In this way, it is possible to make highly accurate predictions with regard to the availability of parking spaces in the driver’s required city area. Taking things one step further, Hamburg will also integrate use of public transport into the Park and Joy solution so that people do not actually need to drive their car into the city in the first place. Telekom and T-Systems have proven to be the strong partner that Hamburg had been looking for to obtain the entire solution – consisting of the Park and Joy app, infrastructure, platform, connectivity and rollout – from a single source. The high computing power, which can be scaled even further, comes from Telekom’s high-security cloud.